Photo by Holly Lynn Danyliw
I saw this photo taken by Holly Danyliw today and it took my breath away. The language of light, of the numinous. For we are both new and old at the same time. We are shedding light wherever we go. If we could grasp this as easily as the hand grasps the baby’s foot, we would be set free. We would soar.
Wisdom cradles innocence; it has ever been thus. Innocence informs the spirit like nothing else can. I have a book of Zen wisdom that says, “If I put a foot wrong, the universe screams.” That is how interconnected we all are.
Thich Nhat Hanh says,
You are me, and I am you.
Isn’t it obvious that we “inter-are”?
All of us are baby buddhas and wise sages at the same time. A picture is worth a thousand words and in this case, the words lead to an enlightening silence. Ah….
When I asked Holly’s permission to use this photograph, she said:
“This is an intensely emotionally picture for me because the hand is of my dear friend who was dying from cancer when I took the picture. It was my attempt to keep her physical body a clear memory for her daughters and all who loved her. Please mention that the photo is of my dear friend Donna and her grandson, Benicio.” I looked up the meaning of the name and it means “benevolent one.” How appropriate!
I am honored to share both the photograph and the story. Thank you, Holly. This picture IS worth a thousand words.